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Everybody's Smooching at the Nightlife Awards

On a cold November night, what better way to procrastinate at work than to watch some cuties smooching at our Nightlife Awards last month? Or werking the camera? Or showing us their freakiest faces? Check out three clips showing all the action from the big night, below and head HERE to watch Ciara's amazing performance and HERE to see some fabulous guests show off their voguing skillz.

Jimmy Kimmel's "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" Is Baaack


Jimmy Kimmel has a new edition of "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" and it might be our favorite one ever. Julia Louis-Dreyfus' is our favorite. [Uproxx]

Jennifer Lawrence went on the Daily Show last night and called Jon Stewart out for not preparing for their interview. The whole segment was delightful and real weird. [Uproxx]

Ellen replaced the cigarettes in Mad Men with party blowers and it's so good.

tumblr_mslba8e11W1qzfscso1_500.jpgOh Nick Offerman, let us count the ways we love thee. [LaughterKey]

tumblr_mvcqmjjefG1scg5r7o1_500.jpgJust found the Papermag book club's December read. [Pizzzatime]

Because the folks at People hate you and your ears so, so, much, they asked a bunch of this year's Sexiest Men of the Year to say the word 'moist.' It is horrifying. [Refinery29]

tumblr_m679l8cPPD1qkf22qo1_500.pngNeed this Joy Division shirt shirt. [Oolongs]

Have a great weekend!
Bad ass Katherine Hepburn on the back of a motorcycle. [ThisIsNotPorn]

In Honor of JFK, an Ode to '60s High School Pop Obsessions


Fifty years ago today, November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Most of you are probably too young, but I remember that day well: I was a sophomore in high school and was sitting in Latin class when the news broke. Our teacher pulled out a tiny transistor radio and we all listened as the events unfolded. I remember the little radio because I had one just like it, and used to fall asleep every night with mine tuned to WBLS in Chicago and the Dick Biondi show. I was obsessed with music and had just taken the bus over to Aurora to the Sears store where I bought a 45 of today's oldie-but-goodie, "Sugar Shack" by Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs.

The First Trailer For Girls Season 3 Is Heeeeere


When last we left Hannah & Co., our favorite pants-less heroine was being rescued from her OCD-and-eardrum puncture crisis by her shirtless, enduringly douchey -- but sexy -- savior, Adam. And now, thanks to the first trailer for season 3, it looks like Adam and Hannah's romance will continue -- and continue to make us amused/uncomfortable. The trailer also shows the return of Jessa, Shosh pining for Ray, Marnie looking miserable (because Charlie is gone since Christopher Abbott left the show) and Hannah twerking in a cemetery. Yaaas.

It also looks like Hannah finally lands some sort of job so there's that, too. Even though we're excited for the next season and will wind up watching every episode, this trailer seems nowhere near as fun as the trailer for season two which was just, sex, sex, sexy sex and, yep, more sex. But, given the show's track record, we're not too worried. Watch the trailer, above.

Let the WITCHES of Bushwick Haunt You Year-Round

MarchWITCHES_2014CALENDAR-4.jpgMs. Fitz

Walking through Bushwick after that last "one more drink" around 2 a.m. -- with the naive hope that the L Train is actually running -- can feel eerily post-apocalyptic. If you've ever felt like strange creatures of the night could come crawling out of the run-down warehouses, you wouldn't be too far off. The events production company Witches of Bushwick, who playfully refer to themselves as the Bushwiccans, are releasing their 2014 calendar to promote their coven -- complete with lunar cycle charts to track your energy alignment or plan the optimal night to cast a spell. 

The calendar features the coven's witchy babes in front of Bushwick landmarks and street art that are most recognizable as, "Oh yeah, that weird thing that I pass by all the time and never question." Notably, artist designer and Paper's own Ms. Fitz -- who's collaborated with everyone from the controversial Peggy Noland to Gossip, to making bedazzled collars for baby tigers under the direction of the Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard -- looks like a ethereal Grecian goddess wearing high-heeled Timberland boots as the face of March. The Witches of Bushwick calendar is aesthetic eye candy, contrasting and complimenting scenes of Bushwick with an overload of kitsch and futurist minimalism. 

Featuring Ms. Fitz, Juliana Huxtable, Chromat, Minka Sicklinger, Lauren Flax, Dark Sister, Jeremy McClain and more -- the calendar is now available for pre-order on their website or pick up a copy at the release party on December 12th. Details and RSVP HERE

FEBWITCHES_2014CALENDAR-3.jpgNicholas Elliott and Jeremy McClain

AprilWITCHES_2014CALENDAR-5.jpgDark Sister


Juliana Huxtable

Minka Sicklinger

All photos by Patrick MacLeod

Don't Worry, Watch Pharrell's "Happy" (For 24 Hours)


Would somebody please watch all 24 hours of Pharrell's newest interactive video for his absurdly catchy new single "Happy" and get back to us?  Supposedly there are some celebrity cameos, and the tiny bit we saw -- before our boss interrupted our viewing pleasure -- featured a dude dancing "happily" down the street.  We hear that Lady Gaga is working on a 25-hour clip, just for spite.  Just kidding. BTW: The song is from the Despicable Me soundtrack.

And, for those who just can't devote 24 hours of their lives to Mr. P, here's a more-manageable 4-hour clip of the video.

Why Actress Lupita Nyong'o Is Our New Favorite Red Carpet Star

Lupita-Nyong-o-a-l-avant-premiere-de-12-Years-a-Slave-au-Festival-de-la-Nouvelle-Orleans-le-10-octobre-2013_portrait_w858.jpgLupita Nyong'o in Rodarte at the New Orleans Film Festival screening of 12 Years a Slave.

Actress Lupita Nyong'o has everyone talking, and we mean everyone. From Oprah to the New York Times, and as the predictions go, the Academy. While her breakout performance as Patsey, the brutalized slave and lover of owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) in Steven McQueen's film 12 Years a Slave earned her industry accolades, it's her taste for style that has the fashion world a buzz. Nyong'o's press tour looks -- a calculated mix of respected heavy-hitters like Prada and Chanel with insidery-cool brands like Rodarte and Christopher Kane -- got the Internet in a tizzy.

The fashion world loves to sink its teeth into a starlet as she emerges from industry obscurity and into mainstream stardom. It's all in the economics. Oh the money she can make! First come the impeccably-styled appearances then the magazine profiles followed by beauty and/or luxury fashion endorsements. These associations only increase fame and box office profitability, which in turn, sells more fashion. Devilish deals.    

Mexico-born, Kenyan-raised Nyong'o, like all ingenue's before her -- recent success stories include Jessica Chastain (VOGUE's December cover girl and the face of Yves Saint Laurent's Manifesto fragrance), Jennifer Lawrence (VOGUE's September cover girl and Dior's dame of the moment) and Rooney Mara (VOGUE's February cover girl and a muse for Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci) -- ticks every box.

Talent: check
Before landing a critically-acclaimed roll in an industry-respected film, Nyong'o produced, directed and wrote a documentary about albinism called In My Genes and graduated from the Yale School of Drama. Girl's got cred.

Natural but distinct beauty: check
Hello? Have you seen her luminous skin, cropped haircut and megawatt smile?

Charming-as-hell personality: check
Well, we haven't met her, but she seems humbled and sweet in interviews. Plus, her voice. OMG, her voice. She has a velvety purr of an English accent that we're pretty sure could convince us of anything.   

With awards season on the horizon, no doubt designers are already waging war to dress her.Until then, check out our favorite Lupita looks -- so far -- below. 

JMendel.JPGLupita in J. Mendel at the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala.

Look how she glows!

Lupita in Chanel Couture at the MoMA Benefit: A Tribute to Tilda Swinton.

This night was obviously Lupita's official introduction to fashion society. Attending a New York art benefit honoring a high-fashion priestess, Tilda Swinton, and mingling with Anna Wintour is VOGUE cover grooming at its best. Not to mention, being snapped in Chanel Couture equals approval from Karl Lagerfeld, which is like getting confirmed by the Pope.

Lupita in Christopher Kane at the 12 Years a Slave London Film Festival Premiere.

In this look Lupita gains major fashion street cred. London-based Christopher Kane is the buzziest designer around. Recently acquired by a mega fashion-backer, the small label is poised to launch into a full blown lifestyle brand. Do we smell spokesmodel?


MiuMiu.jpgLupita in Miu Miu at the 12 Years a Slave Los Angeles premiere.

Miu Miu is Prada's little sister brand, and in fashion, Prada is everything. We even heard from the Miu Miu PR girls that Lupita was the first person to wear the spring 2014 collection. Major fashion snaps. The dress is cute and whimsy with its '60s psychedelic vibe, and we love how she dressed her face to mimic the pattern's purple hues. 


Lupita in Prabal Gurung at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards.

This not-so-basic black tuxedo dress is classic, chic, beautiful, all those words. But the best part? Her punch of purple lipstick and bright white heels. Daring makeup looks and cool shoe choices seem to be her thing, and we dig it.

Prada.jpgLupita in Prada at the 12 Years a Slave Toronto Film Festival screening.

The Prada. While white gowns can look virgin-bride real quick, this dress, with its embroidered golden web around the torso and neckline, makes her look like virgin red carpet royalty. A virgin on the verge, fitting.

AntonioBerardi.jpgLupita in Antonio Berardi at the
FOX Searchlight 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Party.

This citrus cocktail number is killer on her. Demure in coverage, but snug around her curves with a back cut-out that adds movement and volume to catch the eye...until it spots the unexpected leopard pump. 

VeronicaBeard.jpgLupita in Veronica Beard at the Toronto Film Festival
HFPA/InStyle Party.

Here she goes again with the not-so-basic basic + cool shoe combo. It's her thing, she does it well. And although strapless black jumpsuit is never an easy look to pull off, she does effortlessly. She wears the clothes, they don't wear her. An essential red carpet star attribute.

RolandMouret.jpgLupita in Roland Mouret at the 12 Years a Slave New York Film Festival screening.

Her fashion fetish for brightly colored cocktail dresses will do her well. How can you not notice the woman in bright cerulean mingling through a sea of predictable black?

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan: A Salute to Their Broadway Bromance

On Sunday, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan's repertory productions of Waiting for Godot and No Man's Land will open on Broadway. To celebrate what's sure to be rave reviews for the two "sirs" performances in the Beckett and Pinter plays respectively, we've collected the most adorable photos of their tender, bowler-wearing Broadway bromance to grace the Internet. You're welcome!

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Listen up kiddos. These two know what they're talking about.

sirs_patrick_stewart_and_ian_mckellen_meet_elmo.jpgThree of the cutest characters we've ever seen in Times Square. But, of course, that's not saying much...


Oh haaiii!

86126.jpgAs if Ian officiating Patrick's wedding wasn't cute enough, they throw this kid in. Our hearts just exploded.

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 2.30.17 PM.pngDon't keep it movin,' folks, everything to see here.

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 2.29.56 PM.pngOnly one question: Why is Patrick in a muscle tank and Ian's in a sweater? Guess the only  thing these two don't do together is read the weather report.

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 2.29.32 PM.pngSound bodies. Sound minds.

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 2.23.52 PM.pngLooking into some stock options.

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 1.28.12 PM.pngTaking full advantage of McSorley's happy hour special.

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 2.25.36 PM.pngPride.

The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week


Best viral video of the week:
This ad for GoldieBlox, a line of educational toys aimed at getting girls interested in engineering at a young age, set to a re-vamped version of the Beastie Boys' decidedly un-feminist anthem from their dumb-dumb days, "Girls."  SO. AWESOME. -- Elizabeth

Sarah-Jessica-Parker-Instagram.jpg Most Disappointing New Celebrity Instagram Account: Sarah Jessica Parker's. Expecting flashy fashion photos of Manolos and breakfasts with Anna Wintour, fans were highly disappointed when they discovered her new Instagram account to be blurry, NY street scenes she takes on her way to work. Respect for keepin' it real SJP, but steady hands. [Fashion Foie Gras] -- Maggie Dolan

Biggest Selfie Proponents of the Week: Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, who defended the selfie in a new interview with Rolling Stone and Oxford Dictionaries, which bestowed the photo technique with the title "Word of the Year." -- Gabby Bess

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 4.09.47 PM.pngBest New Yorker Cartoon Emailed to Us by Gary Pini This Week: This one! 'Tis the season for pop-up hell. --E.T.

Most Bewildering News of the Week: Charles Manson found love, is getting married to a 25-five year-old Susan Atkins look-alike. :( [NY Post] -- M.D.

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Biggest 'Only in New York' News Item of the Week
: New York Times columnist Frank Bruni finds Courtney Love's cell phone in the back of a cab. [NYMag] --E.T.

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 4.44.27 PM.pngBiggest Instagram Irony of the Week:
Martha Stewart's nasty-ass food photos. -- A.S.

ZachBraffphotobomb.jpgBest -- Or Worst -- Photobomb of the Week (Depending On Your Feelings for Zach Braff):
During a standard Times Square wedding shoot, photographer Sascha Reinking snapped this gem, which catches Zach Braff staring and smiling at the camera as he walked behind a kissing couple. Hope they're fans. [Gothamist] -- M.D.

Best Opinion Piece About Rob Ford of the Week:
This one, written by Slate's Dahlia Lithwick, that argues Canadians are secretly reveling in Ford's antics because it makes their country seem less dorky. -- A.S.

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 4.33.19 PM.pngBiggest Punch in the Stomach: The unceremonious white-washing of soon-to-be-demolished graffiti monument, 5 Pointz. Seeing Biggie out the window of the 7 train made our morning every day. --E.T. [DeathandTaxes]

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 4.52.55 PM.pngBest Photography We've Seen All Week: Mario Testino's photographs of Peruvians in traditional dress, as seen in his new exhibit, Alta Moda, at the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute. -- A.S.

Miley Cyrus Upstaged By a Giant, Crying Kitty at the AMAs


Miley Cyrus -- wearing some way sweet haute Jazzercise couture -- performed in front of a giant, show-stealing CGI kitten at the American Music Awards last night. [Jezebel]

jtimba_560x375.gifJustin Timberlake stopped to do an "oh my god, I'm so excited" Taylor Swift face with Taylor Swift... who was doing an "oh my god, I'm so excited" face, on his way to accept his award. [Vulture]

Lady Gaga and R.Kelly channeled Marilyn Monroe and JFK for their performance of "Do What  U Want," which also featured LG performing in front of old home movie footage of her as a child and ended with this:

ladygagaisfatAMA.gif[GIF via Buzzfeed]

Here's an adorable little boy having a dance-off with a stadium usher at Detroit Piston's game last week. [BleacherReport]

Here's a video of a very young Tim Burton going completely, awesomely deer-in-headlights during an impromptu interview in the Disney office. [LaughingSquid]

Bound 3. [Mlkshk]

tumblr_mwqo1rhOcw1qewacoo1_500.jpgThink we know what store we're giving EVERYONE gift cards to this holiday season. [TastefullyOffensive]

Have a great Monday!
Cool Pigeon. [TastefullyOffensive]

James Franco and Seth Rogen Recreated Kanye's "Bound 2" Video and It's Brilliant


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: James Franco and Seth Rogen recreated Kanye's video for "Bound 2" shot-by-shot with Franco donning a fugly tie dye t-shirt and kilt and playing Kanye while Rogen goes topless á la Kim Kardashian (he even matches Kim's bedroom eyes and neck nuzzling). It's even better than the original. Check it out, above.

Street Artist CAKE On Food Nostalgia and Eating Cereal For Dinner

CAKE5.jpgIn our new series, Ladies Who Lunch, cook, co-founder of catering company bigLITTLE Get Together and Marc Jacobs' personal chef, Lauren Gerrie, will be whipping up lunch -- and conversation -- with some of our favorite New York City gals.

I live in the East Village and on any given day I ride my bike miles and miles through various boroughs. Through biking, I've become familiar with the city's street art, including work by  Swoon, Stik, ROA, Nychos, Hush, Invader or Mr. Brainwash. The artist CAKE, aka Jennifer Caviola, has always struck a cord with me. Her work, done with a watercolor-like application, touches on themes of fragility, femininity and rawness.

Caviola grew up in Connecticut and was introduced to art by her grandmother Olga who was a master in Chinese brushwork and watercolor. While attending Pratt for undergrad, she met street artist Swoon through her best friend and, soon after, she hit the streets. "After graduating I began taking photographs of street art and then I was consumed by the medium," Caviola says. "It was all around me -- it was everywhere." After initially making stickers and posting them throughout the city,  she transitioned to wheatpaste. The two of us sat down for lunch to talk about her career, her favorite condiment and what food freaks her out.

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Homemade Chicken Soup with Carrots, Turnips, Potatoes, and Dill (Chicken: Quattro's Game Farm, Vegetables & Herbs: Bodhitree Farm, Potatoes: Rick Bishop at Mountain Sweet Berry Farm)
Radish Salad with Marcona Almonds & Soft Boiled Egg (Radish: Keith's Farm, Almonds: Murray's Cheese, Eggs: Quattor's Game Farm)
Concord Grapes & Roxbury Mountain Maple Cotton Candy

Are you a breakfast person?

Yeah, but I don't like it in the morning. I'll eat cereal at night for dessert.

I'm a cereal-aholic...

I just found Count Chocula and I was like, "What the fuck! I haven't seen this in 20 years!!!" [My three siblings and I] used to each get one box for our birthday and we would all have to share.

So Count Chocula would be your perfect breakfast?

No, no. I'm not great with breakfast. I drink a lot of really strong coffee in the morning and then I'm not hungry. I'll have a croissant or something, but I'm really not a morning food person. But I will have a nice lunch. I love prosciutto sandwiches. I'll eat prosciutto four times a day for every meal.

CAKE1.jpgIf your fridge is virtually empty, what is the one condiment that you would eat like it was actually food?

Grey Poupon.

What dish reminds you most of home?

Both of my grandmothers make killer mashed potatoes and gravy, but their styles are totally different from one another.  I can make my Russian grandmother's version to the tee, and I can also make her latkes perfectly. I can eat like 20 of them in one sitting.

If money is no issue and you can go anywhere to eat, where would you go?

Italy. My sister just went there and she said she had the most incredible food. I've also heard good things about Le Bernardin -- I would absolutely have French or Italian food.

What do you think the biggest misconception/stereotype about who you are or what you do is?

As a street artist, I think the misconception is that I vandalize.

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If you didn't live in New York where would be your home base?

I always want to live in New York...But I guess I would live in Berlin. My heart is there and people I love dearly live there. Berlin has really taken care of me over the years. I've never been to Paris, but I can imagine living there.

What food scares you?

Lobster freaks me out. Also, beets, I hate beets. I actually was fearful that you were going to go to the market and get beets and I was going to have to eat them. Hamburgers also freak me out. I love them and I'll eat them, but if I look at the ground meat inside I get totally skeeved out. I was living in Carroll Gardens and I was dying for a burger. It had just rained and as I was riding my bike to the burger joint, I rode past this freshly run over rat on the street. It was steaming and all over the pavement. I couldn't eat a burger for months because of that fucking rat.

cakestreetart.jpgArt piece by CAKE

What junk food could you eat non-stop?

I like Ben & Jerry's strawberry cheesecake ice cream and I also like mint chocolate chip. I'll also get the Neapolitan and mix everything together to make an ice cream soup like in Pee Wee's Playhouse and I put sprinkles on it and whipped cream and then watch crap TV.

Do you cook for other people?

I do. I make my grandmother's turkey meatloaf. I also like to cook roast chicken with fennel. I also make a really good lentil soup from scratch. It's very meditative, but I don't do it enough.

Other than cookies, what are your staple groceries?

Blood Orange Pellegrino, Smart Water...I like frozen pizzas. I have an entire drawer dedicated to chocolate. I have romaine lettuce.

If you could have lunch with one other lady who would it be and why?

Charlotte Gainsbourg. I am so in love with her style, her voice, her hair, how she dresses, how she acts. I love her parents, I love her sister.

More Ladies Who Lunch:

Valissa Yoe

Exclusive: DJ Kitty Cash's First Track Off Her Debut Mixtape 'Love the Free'

kittycash_kilokish1.jpgAbove (L-R): Kitty Cash and Kilo Kish

Listen up! Kitty Cash -- 24-year-old Brooklyn native, official DJ for rapper/signer Kilo Kish and newly minted 'Best DJ' at this year's PAPER Nightlife Awards -- is set to release her first mix tape, Love the Free, December 11th.

Featuring R&B and hip-hop tracks from some of her favorite artists, including forward-thinking artists like A$AP Ferg, Kelela, Vic Mensa, Phony Ppl, The GTW, Jean Deaux, Michael Uzowuru, Chippy NonStop and Justin Rose, the tape serves as a self-reflective ode to friendship, freedom and rebellion. 

The debut track comes from BFF Kilo Kish, who takes to Drake's Crew Love instrumental to break down the wonderful world fashion perks. Have an exclusive first listen below:   

Our Mega Guide to Art Basel Miami: Part 6

We've been so overwhelmed by all of the new events, exhibits and parties coming to Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, that we've decided to bring you two more installments of our Mega Guide.  You wouldn't want us to leave anything out, would 'ya?  Here's PART 6 and watch for PART 7 on Wednesday and then check back in all next week for our daily updates and additions. 

Pop-Magazine-NYC-Max-Fish-Main.jpgWhile we wait for the new Max Fish to open in Williamsburg, we received word that they are doing a pop-up during AB/MB at Radio Bar (814 First Street, South Beach) with support from DKNY and Klughause Gallery.  It opens on December 4th and you can stop in all week.  They're putting together a cool bunch of guest DJs, a guitar battle, a skateboard "jump contest" and the usual mayhem you'd expect from MF.

Aiko1.jpgSeveral new projects are coming to the late Tony Goldman's on-going Wynwood Walls  project including murals co-curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Tony's daughter, Jessica Goldman-Srebnick, featuring contributions from women artists. "Women on the Walls" (NW 2nd Avenue, btwn, 25th and 26th Streets, Miami) will open on December 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. with works from Aiko, Fafi, Miss Van, Maya Hayuk and Lady Pink; other murals by Kashink, Faith 47, Lakwena and Sheryo will be on view in the surrounding neighborhood as well.  Also: Kenny Scharf  designed a new "garden" called Tony's Oasis (2219 NW Second Avenue, Miami) that will be dedicated on December 6 and Martha Cooper is the "curatorial advisor" for a new gallery exhibition inside the WW complex.

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.08.39 PM.pngOne of our favorite parts of Art Basel Miami is just being able to stroll around and enjoy the weather and check out the free art on display all over town.  This year, all of Collins Park (between 21st and 22nd Streets, South Beach) will be transformed into an outdoor exhibition space with over 30 large-scale sculptures and installations.  Curated by New York Public Art Fund's Nicholas Baume using the theme "Social Animals," the works on view will be by international artists including Olaf Breuning, Sam Falls, Oscar Tuazon, Jeppe Hein, Richard Long and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Opening night, December 4, 8:30 to 10 p.m., will also include special performances and it's all free and open to the public.
Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.09.38 PM.pngRe+Public has digitally augmented five Wynwood Walls murals and, using their new app, viewers can "walk into and interact" with the works by Aiko, Retna, How & Nosm and Ryan McGinness.  Go HERE to check it out.

tumblr_mwiot1zKMj1t21rezo1_1280.gifBushwick is in the house, yo!  Over 25 artists representing the Bushwick underground  -- including musicians, visual artists, performers and personalities -- are chartering a magic bus and heading to Miami.  They'll be "crashing parties" all week and then you can crash theirs:  December 8th at Cucu's Nest (2805 Collins, South Beach) with an exhibition at 7 p.m. and music starting around 10 p.m.

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.11.23 PM.pngSeveral new music acts have been added to the big MANA Wynwood ( 218 NW 23rd Street, Miami) event including Kendrick Lamar on December 4th, Boy George on December 6th and A-Trak, Dave 1 and Nick Catchdubs in the afternoon on the 8th. They've also added several performance artists including Vanessa Beecroft, Rob Montgomery and a "live mural painting" by Ron English.  All the details, times and tickets (when available) are HERE.
Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.12.35 PM.pngThe Mondrian South Beach (1100 West Avenue, South Beach), Paul Kasmin Gallery and PAPER Magazine -- hey, that's us -- are hosting a reception for one of our all-time-faves, Friends With You, on Thursday, December 5th, 2 to 8 p.m., poolside at the hotel.  They're doing an installation called "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" that promises a "colorful experience meant to transport the viewer into an enhanced state of happiness and self-healing."  We'll be arriving at 4:20, of course.  If you can't make it on the 5th, stop by Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a yoga session with Grey Area, Lululemon and Morgans.

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.14.20 PM.pngI D O L I Z E -- "a new platform for the intersection of art, fashion and design" -- is hosting an exhibition by five young international artists from December 4th to the 8th in Miami's Design District at 3800 NE 2nd Avenue on the second floor.  The artists are Cope/Arnold, Romulo Sans, Alberto Maria Colombo, Sean Augustine March and Ben Duggan/Jake Lomagno.

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.16.07 PM.pngMiami's original "art  hotel," Cricket & Marty Taplin's" Sagamore (1671 Collins Avenue, South Beach) will host a big group exhibition called "Framing the Moving Image" curated by John Hanhardt.  On view all week will be works by Bill Beirne, Shannon Plumb, Ken Jacobs, Ernie Gehr, Antoni Muntadas and many more.  The hotel's incredible (and 12th annual) brunch is on Saturday.  

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.17.32 PM.pngThe premiere of Tim Walker's short film, "Suspension of Disbelief," starring Kristen McMenamy and Ben Whishaw is on Wednesday evening at the Perez Art Museum MiamiStefano Tonchi and Goga Ashkenazi are hosting with W magazine and Vionnet.  RSVP required.

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.18.37 PM.pngThe FAILE/BAST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade 2013 Miami Beach will be open from December 3rd to the 7th in an abandoned storefront near the corner of Washington Avenue and 16th Street in South Beach.  There will be "unconventional video games, tricked-out pinball machines and foosball made psychedelic" -- all sponsored by Perrier.

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.19.32 PM.pngDavidoff's annual brunch to announce their latest Art Grant recipients and the next Dominican artist that will take part in the Davidoff Art Residency is on Thursday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to noon in their cigar lounge in the Miami Botanical Gardens behind the convention center.  Invite Only.

dailey-2.jpgNew York's "members-only group of cultural programmers," The Committee, and Cay Sophie Rabinowitz' OSMOS project space are hosting an evening with Brian Dailey to celebrate the publication of his book "America in Color" on Thursday, December 5, at the Gale South Beach (1690 Collins Avenue, South Beach). The book documents Dailey's journey across the USA, photographing people "who expressed their political identity through the selection of colored backdrops."  RSVP required.

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.21.44 PM.pngLook for city buses painted by New York-based artist Angel Otero. They're a part of Locust Projects'  "Art on the Move" public art initiative.

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.23.08 PM.pngLigne Roset (160 NE 40th Street, Miami) and Bernardaud celebrate contemporary French art and design with an exhibition of works by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Inga Sempe, Nathan Young, Noe Duchaufour-Lawrance, Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel, Marco Brambilla, JR and Prune, David Lynch and many more on Thursday, December 5th, 6 to 9 p.m.

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.24.16 PM.pngThere's a premiere of Daniel Arsham's film "Future Relic 01" and the release of his limited edition object, "Mobile Phone," at The Webster (1220 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) on December 5th.  RSVP required.

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.25.27 PM.pngBENETTON, South Beach (670 Collins Avenue, South Beach) hosts a party to celebrate their collab with the artist Trey Speegle on Monday December 2nd from 7 to 9 p.m. Speegle's work will be on view in the store until December 8th.

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.26.37 PM.pngMaison de Mode and PK Shop have collab'ed on a line of artist-designed collectables that will debut in the afternoon of December 4th at the Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, South Beach).

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.28.03 PM.pngA new fair celebrating craftsmanship and design, Wallpaper* Handmade, will be open from December 4th to the 8th in Miami's Design District at 3841 NE 2nd Avenue. Over 70 works from international designers, artists, brands, makers etc. have been commissioned to create unique and one-off items.  The event is a collab with Jaguar, who will be displaying some of their hottest new cars on nearby streets.

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.29.24 PM.pngTrendSeeder and NoBe67 Pret-aPorter launch their two-day, womenswear designer fair on December 6th at the Deauville Beach Resort (6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach).  The new fair will feature emerging designers including Pitusa UK, Laquan Smith, Jeux De Vie Designs, Monica Ocejo and Casa Del Rio.  DJ Jilly Hendrix spins at the opening.

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 5.32.04 PM.pngThe University of Miami is hosting the sixth annual "CANE FAIR" from December 2nd to January 24th in their gallery in the Wynwood Building (2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami).  On view will be works from students in the school's MFA program.

Check out our Mega Guide to Art Basel Miami 2013 and stay tuned next week for our daily guides.

More from our Art Basel Mega Guide


President Obama...Craigslist Casual Encounters Expert?


President Obama shows us how to use... Craigslist Casual Encounters ("I remember when Michelle and I were just starting out in Chicago"). [via Late Night Basement]

tumblr_mjbvg29fuI1qji67mo1_500.jpg*Maybe* isn't such a good idea. [via The Clearly Dope]

tumblr_mvqq64MSCD1r2tgato1_500.pngWe'd watch that. [via Afternoon Snooze Button]

tumblr_mwqmosq5FV1qz6f9yo1_500.jpgSlowly, slowly dip into your own meaninglessness as if it's a nice, warm bath. [via Rats Off]

tumblr_mv29ep0kks1qlxpopo1_500.gifBitch, please. [via Laughter Key]

tumblr_mdx5fb6upK1r0wqrdo1_500.jpgWe'll stick these all over our house shaped house or tree shaped tree. [via Afternoon Snooze Button]

ICYMI: At a recent Pistons game, the Dance Cam caught a cute young fan get into a mega dance-off with an usher. They both have sweet, sweet moves and the whole thing is incredibly cute. [via Buzzfeed]

To help you get into the holiday spirit, here's Tracy Morgan saying 28 "Thanksgiving-y Things." "Gobble gobble." [via Jimmy Fallon]

A Fashion Ode to the Sparse Storefront Displays of Chinatown and the Garment District

Sweater by Dries Van Noten, shirt by Steven Alan, necklace by Maison Martin Margiela x H&M.

Top and shorts by Sleepy Jones, bracelets by Eddie Borgo, rings by Castor & Pollux, shoes by Manolo Blahnik.

Coat by Dries Van Noten, shirt by Christopher Kane, shoes by Manolo Blahnik.

Jacket by Dries Van Noten, shirt by Sleepy Jones, pants by Assembly New York, bracelets by Castor & Pollux, shoes by Alejandro Ingelmo.

Dress by Band of Outsiders, coat by Dries Van Noten, bracelets by Castor & Pollux, watch and sunglasses by Isaac Mizrahi, shoes by Robert Clergerie.

(L-R): shoes by Robert Clergerie, pants by A.P.C., shirt by Brooks Brothers, shoes by Pierre Hardy.

Shirt by Steven Alan, watch by Isaac Mizrahi, screw cuff by Miansai, bracelets by Castor & Pollux, bag by Apiece Apart, shoes by Manolo Blahnik.

Suit by Christopher Kane, shirt by Suno, bracelets by Castor & Pollux, clutch and shoes by Roger Vivier.

Top by Apiece Apart, skirt by Thakoon, bracelets by Castor & Pollux, watch by Isaac Mizrahi, shoes by Robert Clergerie.

Plant Design by Satoshi Kawamoto (Green Fingers New York)
Market Editor: Brandon Lewis

Hair: Kyle Malone for Moroccanoil at Artists at Wilhelmina / Makeup: Colleen Runné for Make Up For Ever / Manicurist: Daria Hardeman at Artists at Wilhelmina /  Models: Jessica Luostarinen (Major Model Managment) / Eleonora Pellegrin (Muse) / Charlee (Ford) / Stylist's Assistants: Jessica Ramesberger / Carolyn Marenghi. 

Photographed at Dune Studios

Laylah Ali: The Past, Present and Future, via Saturday Morning Cartoons


"Untitled," from the Greenheads series," 2005.

This fall, the Studio Museum in Harlem takes a look into the future with a group show featuring over 60 works by 29 artists. The Shadows Took Shape opens on November 14th, but it's not about jet packs or Tomorrowland. The exhibition explores Afrofuturism, a word coined by Mark Dery in his 1994 anthology Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture, and it's also inspired by the music of the legendary jazz musician, poet and philosopher Sun Ra.

Laylah Ali, whose black and white Typology Series is featured in the show, is curious to see how its curators -- and the other artists -- define Afrofuturism. "Certainly being African American or having brown skin is one lens that I look at things through. But I don't think I have a very idealistic idea of the future." She describes her work as conflating past, present and future. "You could be looking at something that was referring to history or it could be projecting forward into the future, but it all relies very much on my present," Ali says.

After studying at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York City she got her M.F.A. at Washington University in St. Louis and, by the late '90s, her series of paintings known as Greenheads began attracting international acclaim. In 2002, she illustrated a 36-page book for the Museum of Modern Art using her Greenhead figures: sexless, stick-thin characters that are often depicted in superheroesque masks and headdresses, and include themes of war, power and weakness -- but, so far, she hasn't ventured deeper into the world of sequential narrative or graphic novels.

"Untitled," pieces from Ali's Typology series, 2005. 

Though she doesn't own a television, Ali says she was influenced by a childhood spent in front of the tube. "Watching things on a rectangular screen 15 years of your life influences how you frame things, especially when you're thinking about telling stories. I have a daughter now and I have my eye on what could be watched, but I have to say it all just looks really boring. Everything looks so similar and commercial, like items that could be bought almost immediately." As a child in the '70s, she was obsessed with the hand-drawn Saturday morning cartoons of the time ("I liked the mainstream, crappy ones like Scooby-Doo and the early Warner Bros. cartoons -- back when they were still kind of scary."), but has resisted suggestions that she animate her work. "I'm attached to quiet and stillness," Ali says.

Indeed, Ali's simple line drawings sometimes look as if they were lonely panels from a comic book, or cartoons begging for captions. "In absence, you create a space for the viewer to verbalize, to say their own words," she says. "Even if they're words that don't make sense or are inappropriate." After all, gray area, Ali says, makes fertile ground for creating. "I know the silly side of art, and I know the serious side of art," Ali says. "But I think there's a lot that happens in the middle."

The Shadows Took Shape is on display through March 9th at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

All images courtesy of the artist. 

21 of Our Favorite Chefs Weigh In On the Most Underrated Thanksgiving Foods

Before we throw on our elastic waistband pants and stuff our maws with more turkey, potatoes, stuffing and pie than is calorically responsible on Thursday, we decided to hit up some of our favorite chefs across the country and have them weigh in on the worst Thanksgiving food, most underrated dishes, and what holiday staple they can make better than anyone else.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 1.30.49 PM.pngChristina Tosi, Chef/Owner of Momofuku Milk Bar

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving food?
I'll eat just about ANYTHING at Thanksgiving but I just can't do BEETS! I have terrifying memories of being a picky eater as a kid and being served canned beets in the school cafeteria...

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
I think stuffing is the most underrated Thanksgiving food! Most just mail it in, because they feel obligated. But the matriarchs in my family have a history of taking it to another level. They combine and switch up the bread, spice and binder in the stuffing. Their old-school recipes use livers!

BanksWhite HeadShot.jpgBanks White, Chef de Cuisine of Minton's

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
Green Bean Casserole. Last year I came back from the Philippines and did my casserole in the traditional Bicolano style to switch it up. It's green beans, coconut milk and shrimp paste with garlic and pork fat. Dish is called Bicol Express -- it's really good over rice and peas.

What Thanksgiving dish can you cook the best?

Over the years I've come close to my Grandmother's giblet gravy, but I still bow down to her food.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 1.35.49 PM.pngJamie Bissonnette, Co-Chef/Co-Owner of Toro

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving food?
Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows. It's too sweet and always cloyingly annoying, like Zooey Deschanel.

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
Fresh cranberries aren't used enough. I love canned cranberry sauce, but fresh cranberry sauce is so much better. And cranberry bread pudding, and cranberries in pickled oysters.

What Thanksgiving dish can you cook the best?
I say I do a great turkey, but most thoughtful cooks have their way. We all end with the same best results. I would lean on my stuffing. It's the most important part of the meal, and the best part of the leftovers. Hot moist stuffing, it's hard to keep your fingers out of it.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 12.06.59 PM.pngMarcus Samuelsson, chef/owner of Red Rooster Harlem

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving food? 
I don't really like pies bought from grocery stores, they often are too sweet and use high fructose corn syrup. I would rather support a small business with quality pies, or make my own!

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
Fresh fruits and vegetables. You can add fresh kale into your mashed potatoes, roast turnips and carrots with your sweet potatoes, and even serve a fresh salad with walnuts and radicchio. Also, I always encourage people to use spices and international influences in their Thanksgiving dishes. It can be really fun to break the mold a little bit, while still keeping the ultimate traditions alive.

Which Thanksgiving dish can you cook the best?
Leftovers! I love thinking of creative ways to use Thanksgiving food the next day. I'll make a hash with veggies, potatoes, turkey and stuffing with poached soft eggs on top, or make turkey ramen with homemade turkey stock and shredded leftover meat. I also love having leftover red wine around to mull with spices for warm mugs of Swedish Glögg.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 12.08.35 PM.pngMark Gaier and Clark Frasier, Chefs/Co-Owners of Boston's M.C. Spiedo

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving food?
Green beans. Most people serve these completely overdone. It's important to maintain that al-dente crunch. Also anything with marshmallows on them! We know it's trendy again, but  still hate it. Jello molds are not high on our list either.

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
Gravy. It adds that necessary element of richness atop the turkey, but also goes great with the stuffing and vegetables! We make a pear rum gravy that is usually the first thing to run out at the table. Also, vegetables in general seem to be absent.  Really, don't we think that the pilgrims would have been pulling a bunch of stuff from their gardens? Maybe it's just our West Coast outlook.
What Thanksgiving dish can you cook the best?
We love to make stuffing from scratch, beginning with our own bread, making sure it's not too sweet and drying it just right so it doesn't get mushy. The right Italian sausage is also a must, a little hot sausage with a bit of sweet sausage for balance.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 12.08.00 PM.pngMichael Chernow, Co-owner of The Meatball Shop

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving food?
That's a tough one. I would have to say cranberry sauce. It's good but just not as good as the other staples like turkey, gravy, vegetables and mashed potatoes.

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
Soup. I always make a butternut squash soup and it's never expected but everyone always loves it.

What Thanksgiving dish can you cook the best?
Turkey. I make a compound butter with sage and truffle oil, which I roll into a stick and freeze. Then I massage this butter between the skin and the meat. Then I dry brine it with herbs, salt and lemon zest and let sit for 18 to 24 hours. I cook it for 3 to 4 hours, stuffed with a variety of things such as apples, onions and celery. My real trick is that I cook the turkey until the breast is done then take it out to rest. I carve the breast and put the legs, which take longer to cook, back in the oven.

laurentkalkotour.jpgLaurent Kalkotour, Chef of Atrium DUMBO

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving food?
I'm sure a lot of people say this, but canned cranberry sauce. What is the point of buying processed and canned cranberry when it's so simple to cook your own and add your own flavors?

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
I think using offal in stuffing is something that puts people off. We grind it all for the stuffing so the delicious, hearty flavor is there without some of the off-putting texture.

What Thanksgiving dish can you cook the best?
The turkey, but I don't cook the bird whole. I cook the breasts separately to get the skin crispy and keep it moist. I stuff the legs and make sure it's properly cooked because the dark meat takes longer than the breast.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 12.10.02 PM.pngAnita Lo, Chef/Owner of Annisa

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving food?
I really don't like homemade cranberry sauce. I don't hate it but I'm not a fan of the texture of the skins, and I find it usually overpowers the rest of the meal.  I grew up with the canned stuff -- sliced with that pretty tin can mould look.  I'll admit, I like the can!

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
Definitely the brussels sprouts.

What Thanksgiving dish can you cook the best?
I think you'd have to ask one of my exes!

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 12.10.21 PM.pngShane Lyons, Chef of Distilled

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving food? Why?
Canned cranberry sauce. I am absolutely positive that this stuff was planted on the earth by aliens and is slowly lowering our tolerance to mind control.

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
The crispy onions on top of the American "casserole." They're a nice nod to one of my favorite Chinese ingredients -- crispy shallots.

JJ Headshot 1.jpgJoseph "JJ" Johnson, Chef de Cuisine of The Cecil

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving food?
Boiled cabbage. It makes the house smell and it just never had a purpose

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
Green bean casserole. You see it on commercials but it's never at anyone's Thanksgiving.

What Thanksgiving dish can you cook the best?
Dressing. You can fill it with any flavor you like I like to use corn bread. Bake the corn bread a day before then make my dressing next day.

holzman-51.jpgDaniel Holzman, Chef/co-owner of The Meatball Shop

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving food?
Sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top and candied yam. Too sweet. And I don't want to waste the precious stomach space.

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
Chestnuts. They add a richness to every dish and seasonality this time of year. They are a pain to peel but totally worth it. My family makes a mean stuffing with chestnuts.

What Thanksgiving dish can you cook the best?
Turkey. I have a different method every year but generally low and slow.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 12.11.39 PM.pngTim Love, chef/owner of Fort Worth's Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Love Shack

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving food?
Canned cranberries. It makes me nervous to eat fruit in a loaf.

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
Cocktails. There are so many great flavors this time of year but no iconic cocktails come to mind for Thanksgiving. [Ed note: Ahem.]

What Thanksgiving dish can you cook the best?
Turkey. I can make it tons of different ways -- roast it, fry it, grill it, smoke it. Plus I hunt for my family's Thanksgiving turkey each year.

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Jimmy Bradley, Chef/owner of The Red Cat and The Harrison

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving food?
I have no least favorite Thanksgiving food. Really.

What Thanksgiving dish can you cook the best?
The dish I like to make is called Onions in Onions. It's pearl onions with bacon and cream inside half of a roasted onion with bread crumbs on top.

BCE_ChorizoTaco_6466.jpgEli Sussman, Chef at Mile End Deli and co-author of The Best Cookbook Ever

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving food?
From-the-can cranberry sauce -- or I guess just cranberry sauce in general. I usually always eat just a little bit of it but I think that's only for nostalgia purposes.

What do you think is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
It's gotta be whatever the sweet potato dish that's on the table is. For some people it's in a pie or for others it's in a casserole dish baked with nuts or cinnamon on top. Obviously everyone loves turkey/gravy/stuffing and that's where everyone gravitates toward but a great sweet potato pie can be a stand out, if it's done well.

What Thanksgiving dish do you think you could make better than anyone else?
Each person in my family is responsible for something specific on Thanksgiving and the way that they do it is the way that I want it. I don't even want to try to make it better than them. I want my uncle Ronnie's turkey and I don't want anyone else's turkey. I'm not responsible for anything -- that's why it's a holiday. I just show up and eat until I'm really, really sick.

GLENN HEADSHOT.pngGlenn Harris, chef/owner of The Smith

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
Never underestimate the power of a really amazing pork sausage added into stuffing.

What Thanksgiving dish can you cook the best?
In lieu of dark meat on Thanksgiving, I'll make a country turkey pate, which is like a terrine with thigh meat, chicken livers, foie gras, brandy, green peppercorn and other herbs and spices. I'll serve a roasted breast for white meat alongside.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 12.13.10 PM.pngFord Fry, chef/restauranteur of Atlanta's JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246, King & Duke and The Optimist

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving dish?
Pumpkin Pie. I really don't like the texture!

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
Fruit in stuffing. For example, this may sound odd, but my mom has always made this pineapple dressing. It is surprisingly really good. It's basically a roasted pineapple, bread, custard binder, baked bread pudding thing, but it's not meant for dessert and it's not overly sweet. It forms a fantastic crust and with the gravy, it is really tasty.

What Thanksgiving dish can you cook the best?
My thing is the turkey gravy. It starts with a rich turkey broth and gets reduced to intensify. For the extra thickening agent, I make a roux with rendered turkey fat and flour. It just adds that turkey richness. And if I'm feeling fancy, it may get some dry sherry.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 12.13.37 PM.pngAndy Ticer and Michael Hudman, chef/owners of Memphis' Hog & Hominy and Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and authors of Collards & Carbonara

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving food? 
Michael Hudman: So, when I was younger, my favorite Thanksgiving dish was canned cranberry sauce. Until one Thanksgiving when I ate so much that I threw up. Now, as much as I love it, I can't eat the stuff.

Andy Ticer: I like it all. Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite two meals of the year.

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
MH: A simple, classic stuffing with giblet gravy, or frying the turkey.

AT: A really good turkey brine can make all the difference.

What Thanksgiving dish can you cook the best?
MH: My Thanksgiving cooking doesn't hold a flame to my dad's, so I defer to him and just enjoy a good meal.

AT: I'm told that my sweet potato casserole is pretty tasty, but it's my mom's recipe, so she deserves the credit. We do roasted pecans and rice crispy treats on top, which are pretty damn tasty.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 12.14.02 PM.pngMarc Murphy, chef/owner of Landmarc, Ditch Plains and Kingside

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving food?
Turkey. It tends to be a little dry, in my opinion, and there's nothing worse than dry turkey.

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
Homemade cranberry sauce; the sweet and tart flavors really help bring the entire meal together.

What Thanksgiving dish can you cook the best?
Leftovers! I love taking Thanksgiving staples and transforming them into entirely different dishes like turkey shepard's pie or a brussels sprouts and bacon frittata.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 12.14.16 PM.pngGeoffrey Zakarian, chef/owner of NYC's The Lambs Club and The National and judge on Food Network's Chopped and The Next Iron Chef

What is your least favorite Thanksgiving food?
Dry turkey. People just always overcook it. It's such a shame!

What is the most underrated Thanksgiving food?
Well depending on your heritage of course. But for me, chestnuts and winter squashes are rarely on the menu.

What Thanksgiving dish can you cook the best?
I make a mean martini.

Rapper Lil Debbie On Her Marijuana Strain and Her New EP

417516_orig.jpgBack in the summer of 2011, Bay Area rapper Kreayshawn appeared out of thin air with the viral YouTube hit "Gucci Gucci." Her video was clever and simple, her lyrics were catchy and several sites and publications, including this one, were smitten. "Gucci Gucci" ushered in a wave of other white girl Internet rappers, including Iggy Azalea and Brooke Candy, as well as V-Nasty and Lil Debbie, who, with Kreayshawn, called themselves "White Girl Mob."

Lil Debbie, whose real name is Jordan Capozzi, split with Kreayshawn after the success of "Gucci Gucci." (She has since said she and V-Nasty were kicked out of White Girl Mob.)  Hoping to launch a career of her own, she dropped hypnotizing verses on rapper RiFF RAFF's Brain Freeze," "Michelle Obama," and "Squirt."

Debbie released her first solo mixtape "Queen D" on October 22nd, with an accompanying video for the song "Bake a Cake," in which she serves some serious Rococo realness. With an EP titled California Sweetheart on the way, and a marijuana strain dedicated to her from La Brea Collective, Queen D is expanding her reign. Below, she answers a few questions.

What's California Sweetheart about?

It's me just being who I am. I'm showing people my creativity in my music from all sides of the spectrum. This album will definitely shock most of my listeners will really be surprised by this body of work.

"Bake a Cake" is such a great video. Can you tell me a little more about making it?

Basically Marie Antoinette inspired me for "Bake a Cake." I love her style, and I just felt like it would be the right look for the video. I pitched the idea to the director Joe Dietsch and he came back with the treatment and I said, "I'm D." We shot it and it came out tight.

You have a marijuana strain. Is being involved in the weed game a future endeavor?

No. That's just my weed spot and they thought it would be cool to develop a strain around me, which only made sense considering how much money I spend in there a week.

Who's your favorite rapper right now?
I really don't have a favorite rapper right now, although I do fucks with A$AP Ferg. He's tight and I want to do a song with him.

What's next for you this year?

The top! All of these doubters and haters will definitely triple their hate for me next year when I drop California Sweetheart.

Lil Debbie, "Bake a Cake."

Lil Debbie, "BITCHES."

Photos by Carlos Santolalla

Sky Ferreira Wigs Out in New Video for 'Night Time, My Time'

600.jpgSky Ferreira's back with a new video for her debut album's title track 'Night Time, My Time.' Directed by Grant Singer, the video features Ferreira slithering about in various wig and lingerie ensembles. Alternating between Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction and a stick-straight Ariel-red 'do that's very Rihanna for Vita Coco, Ferreira nails the track's minimal, haunting drone with her awkward swaying and wide-eyed pouts. It all seems very fitting, very Ferreira -'haunted sextress' -- and maybe this is just due to early onset seasonal affective disorder and the fact that it's night time at 4:30 p.m. in NYC-- but, really, we just want to hit 'next' and watch her channel power-pop Debbie Harry again. 

Watch the 'Night Time, My Time' video here.